James White on December 3, 2015 2 Comments A third of our life is spent sleeping and many people underestimate the impact that their bedding selections can have on their everyday health. Mold, dust mites, bed bugs and allergens can all build up and thrive inside your mattress, which may put you at risk for a whole host of health problems. Taking time to understand the impact that bedding can have on your health, without sacrificing your comfort, will pay off in the long run. If you’re like me and struggle with allergies on a regular basis, purchasing hypoallergenic bedding may just be what you need to be able to finally get a good night of sleep. Table of Contents Types of Hypoallergenic Bedding Commonly Used Materials Signs You May Need Hypoallergenic Bedding Factors to Consider When Buying a Mattress Cover Glossary of Terms You Should Know Let’s take a closer look at what exactly hypoallergenic bedding is, and how it may help you rest easy at night. How Does Hypoallergenic Bedding Work? Hypoallergenic bedding works to eliminate dust mites and bed bugs by using tightly woven fabric. Because of the fabric’s design and small pore size, it’s nearly impossible for mites and bedbugs to penetrate through the material. This prevents these pesky intruders from sleeping in bed with you, and ultimately helps create an environment that is more favorable to your allergies and overall health. Impermeable backings and other membranes can help reduce and prevent the spread of allergens, as well as help stop moisture from entering your mattress. Choose from a variety of thread counts and pore sizes depending on your preference and need. How do Mattress Encasements Work? Mattress covers and encasements create an impenetrable barrier between you and your mattress, cutting off bed bugs from their food supply (which is you) and killing them in the process. This also prevents any further infestations and repels a number of other allergens, such as pet dander. Fully encased mattresses, box springs or pillows with enclosed zippers protect the interior and ensure that the most vulnerable part of an encasement is allergy proof. Types of Allergy Bedding Products Click Here To View Our Selection of Hypoallergenic Bedding There are several different types of hypoallergenic bedding that protect you while you’re asleep to ensure for a well-deserved, bite-free slumber. 1. Mattress covers and encasements Mattress covers and encasements are used to prevent or treat bed bug infestations as well as reduce allergens and other particulates. They can keep your mattress fresh and clean just as it was the day you put the cover on. These covers can even double the life of your mattress and keep it in perfect condition for many years to come. 2. Box Spring and Pillow Covers Box spring and pillow covers provide additional support when it comes to reducing allergens from dust mites as well as bed bugs. These covers cut off the mite and bedbug food supply, preventing any further infestations from occurring. These are great additions for new box springs and pillows to guarantee long-term use and optimal protection. Choosing the right comforter will not only reduce allergens but also provide an ideal level of comfort for healthy sleep. Certain fibers, such as grade A mulberry silk, are naturally resistant to mold, allergens and bedbugs, in addition to its extremely comfortable composition. Some hypoallergenic comforters even wick away moisture for your well-being. A pillow cover or encasement will make sure your head support remains invasion-free while defending you from nasty allergens and microtoxins. Depending on the breathability, most pillow covers can effectively wick moisture away for a comfortable and dry sleep environment. 3. Hypoallergenic Sheets Unlike pillows, mattresses and box springs, sheets cannot be covered in an encasement. Use hypoallergenic sheets to support your efforts to combat allergens. These types of sheets are almost always chemical and dye free to prevent any irritations that may occur. Commonly Used Materials When it comes to hypoallergenic bedding, certain fabrics are simply more effective than others at providing allergy relief. It’s important to find a material that best fits your needs while offering your desired level of comfort. 1. Bamboo: Bamboo fiber is a soft and hardy fabric to serve as your hypoallergenic bedding for many reasons. Bamboo fiber contains a protein structure that our bodies can easily recognize — and yes, bamboo is hypoallergenic. Bamboo fiber is also naturally anti-microbial, mildew and mold resistant. This non-irritating fabric is perfect for people with sensitive skin, and for your convenience, this material requires to be washed less often. 2. Thermo-Regulating: Fabrics that are thermo-regulating excel at keeping you comfortable no matter the season. By utilizing a unique technology, thermoregulation keeps you warm in cool temperatures and cool in warm temperatures. This helps prevent moisture from permeating into your mattress which is a haven for bedbugs. Thermoregulation is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option to defend yourself from allergens and bedbugs. 3. Silk: Silk is completely dust mite-resistant as well as being the softest hypoallergenic fabric available on the market. It’s naturally anti-microbial and inhospitable to bed bugs while repelling mold and mildew. This luxurious fabric is extremely lightweight and is certified by Oeko-Tex to be chemical and toxin-free, so can you worry less about irritants and other particles. Grade A mulberry silk is the highest quality of silk offered and contains natural proteins which help protect you against harmful allergens. 4. Cotton: One hundred percent pure cotton, along with unique cotton blends, serve well for hypoallergenic bedding and can be just as comfortable as silk fabrics. Cotton can be as equally effective as other materials and sometimes at a more affordable price point. For added ease of mind, organic cotton does not contain any synthetic chemicals and is grown without pesticides. Synthetic cotton is dangerous to create and negatively impacts the environment. 5. Down: Down is the most lightweight and has the puffiest loft, which means this bedding is designed for comfort. Although this fabric isn’t the best at wicking moisture, down is unlikely to trigger your allergies at an affordable price. Down is stocked with under plumage from birds, usually goose or duck, making it bulkier than silk but more lightweight. Down may contain feather dust—if this is an issue for you, looking into down alternative fabrics may be best option. Please keep in mind: Although down alternative bedding is less expensive, it’s also less temperature regulating. 6. Hypodown: Serving as an alternative to down and down alternative fabrics, hypodown is a purely natural material. The fabric consists of mostly goose or duck fibers with syriaca clusters, a natural fiber that repels dust mites. This material has been allergy tested and is safe for people, who are allergic to down, to use. 7. Wool: Wool is great for keeping warm, as well as being one of the heaviest fabrics to protect yourself from dust mites and other common allergens. In addition to keeping you warm, wool is best at wicking away moisture to prevent any permeation into your mattress. I personally sleep with wool bedding and have no issues when it comes to overheating or sweating, even during hottest times of the year. Wool is dust mite and allergen repellent. 8. Latex: Naturally resistant to mold and dust mites, latex is a great material to use for pillow and mattress encasements. Additionally, latex naturally wicks away moisture to prevent any infestations from occurring. This is a great option for individuals without latex allergies. Signs You May Need Hypoallergenic Bedding If you frequently experience any of the following symptoms when you wake up, then it may be time to switch to hypoallergenic bedding. All of the following symptoms can be minimized by simply changing your bedding on a regular basis. Purchase a fully enclosed mattress and box spring covers to prevent bed bugs, dust mites, microtoxins and allergens. These encasements create a barrier between you and your mattress to ensure for comfortable sleep. Stuffy nose This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Coughing This is a symptom for dust mite allergies which can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Wheezing This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Watery eyes This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Sneezing This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Congestion This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Difficulty Breathing This is a symptom related to allergies and can be worsened with the presence of dust mites or bed bugs. Individuals with asthma should be cautious, dust mite feces is particularly known to cause allergic reactions. Bed Bug presence or bites Ensure that your sleeping environment is regularly cleaned. Make sure your pillows and mattress are flipped routinely. Damp, musty bedding This is a result of bedding that is too permeable and fails to properly wick away moisture. Damp and musty spaces are a breeding for mold, dust mites bed bugs. 4 Factors to Consider When Buying a Mattress Cover There are a number of things that should be considered when you’re on the market for a mattress cover or encasement: 1. Comfort Level There are a wide range of mattress covers and encasements that offer different levels of comfort depending on the kind of protection you are looking for. Different kinds of fabrics are offered to enhance your level of comfort as well as the cover’s breathability. The breathability of the mattress cover determines how comfortable and protected you are on a nightly basis. A mattress cover’s breathability refers to how well the air can circulate and the amount of moisture that is able to pass through the barrier. Natural oils combined with heat and moisture can lead to premature wear-and-tear, a mattress cover with a high breathability can prevent this. 2. Water resistant or Water proof Keep in mind that a water resistant mattress cover and a waterproof mattress cover mean two completely different things. A water-resistant mattress cover is able to deflect water on contact but will permeate through the mattress when pressure is applied. On the other hand, a waterproof cover will resist any permeation and deflect all liquids. 3. Enclosed Zippers While some zippers serve as a vulnerable area where dust mites and bed bugs can enter or escape, fully enclosed zippers provide additional security by completely securing your mattress from any potential infestations. An enclosed zipper encasement traps and kills anything within your mattress while preventing dust mites, bed bugs and other microtoxins from entering. 4. Material Used Certain materials have natural properties that help protect and soothe your body while you rest. For example, bamboo fiber is naturally anti-microbial, mildew and mold resistant. Some materials can deter allergens from remaining in the bedding as well as have better wicking abilities to keep the bedding cool and dry. Other fabrics can be comfortable, lightweight and textured differently; depending on your needs, choose a material that you would most benefit from. Glossary: Terms to Know Thread count This refers to the amount of vertical and horizontal threads in one square inch of fabric. Bedding is available in a wide range of thread counts; a higher thread count ensures for a more comfortable product. Larger thread counts are known to be more effective at blocking allergens and preventing dust mites. Pore size Pore size refers to how much air is able to pass between threads in bedding. Pore sizes smaller than 10 microns (1 micron = .00004 of an inch) are more successful at blocking allergens and preventing dust mite infestations. The smaller the pore size the less allergens are able to pass through. Membrane A membrane is a protective layer found in some types of beddings, mattress covers especially. Although some membranes may be noisier than others, they are effective at preventing moisture permeation. These can serve as a barrier between you and your mattress to provide additional security from allergens and other harmful microtoxins. Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic products are designed and constructed with materials that will not cause allergic reactions for most people. Hypoallergenic bedding is a great alternative for individuals who want high levels of comfort while being protected from allergens. Hypoallergenic can be confused with the term “non-allergenic.” Mattress Cover or Encasement Mattress covers or encasements are protective casings that completely surround your mattress. These can prevent bed bug infestations while blocking unwanted allergens and dust mites. Make sure your mattress cover is equipped with a fully enclosed zipper for maximum security against bed begs. Box Spring Cover A box spring cover is a fully protective encasement that completely surrounds your box spring. Just like a mattress cover, this casing protects your box spring and can prevent bed bug infestations while also blocking unwanted allergens and dust mites. A fully enclosed zipper with ensure for maximum security against bed bugs. Pillow Cover Pillow covers are protective encasements that protect you from bed bugs, dust mites, microtoxins and other allergens. Avoid unwanted allergy symptoms and seal your pillow with a pillow encasement. Purchasing a pillow cover with a fully enclosed zipper can provide ultimate defense against bed bugs. Hypoallergenic bedding is a safe and affordable option to protect yourself from unwanted bed bugs, dust mites, microtoxins and mold. Take care of your body and sleep better than you ever have in a long time.